Social media calls for solidarity with detained activists
hashtag free Mahienour on twitter
By NOURHAN MAGDI

CAIRO: Social media activists are calling on Facebook for a campaign in solidarity with a number of detainees before their trials scheduled to begin July 20.

The trials will include of number of detainees charged with breaking the protest law, which prohibits any political gathering without prior permission from security forces.

Social media activists, a mentioned in the event, are asked to draw or write about the detainees as well as use a hashtag (Tell_about_them) to write stories and situations for the detainees on their pages and accounts.

A verdict is expected July 20 in the appeal of Mahienour el-Masry, against her sentence of two years in prison and a fine of 50,000 EGP ($6990) over charges of participating in an unlicensed demonstration.

El-Masry will also be tried before the court in July 21 in another case that dates back to former Mohamed Morsi’s era. Activist Alaa Abdel Fatah and other defendants will stand trial July 21 over the case well known as Shura Council incidents. They also face charges of violating the protest law, which entered into force in November 2013.

Twenty-four demonstrators including activists and human rights defenders were arrested outside Ithadeya Palace June 21as they demanded the annulment of the protest law. 

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